This mini-symposium, held on Friday 27th March 2020, was a collaboration between TRACS WA and: Karen Gifford (TeleStroke Program Lead) and Ruth Warr (Project Manager, TeleRehabilitation), Innovation & Development Unit, WA Country Health Service, with support from Assoc Prof Erin Godecke, Edith Cowan University.

It featured the following presentations:

  1. The changing face of Speech Pathology Telehealth programs in Queensland [Presentation - Youtube] [Handout - PDF] (Dr Clare Burns, Speech Pathologist, Clinician Research Fellow, Queensland Health).
  2. Lessons learned from the Osborne Park – Geraldton hospital admitted stroke telerehabilitation project [Presentation - Youtube] [Handout - PDF] Ruth Warr, TeleRehabilitation, WACHS, and Toni Heinemann, Acting Inpatient OT Coordinator Stroke Services, OPH. Ruth also spoke, on behalf of Midwest Snr physiotherapist, Naomi Ramsay, about the extension of this project to non-admitted patients following discharge from Geraldton hospital. This part of the presentation was unable to be recorded due to the inclusion of patient case studies.
  3. Overview of the Stroke Foundation online resources [Presentation - Youtube] [Handout - PDF] (Jonine Collins, State Manager, Western Australia & South Australia, Stroke Foundation). Jonine focussed on the Patient Journey pack which the Stroke Foundation would like to be provided to every new stroke survivor by their inpatient team. Since this presentation, the Stroke Foundation, have just announced a website repository to support clinicians and researchers to rapidly transition to telehealth for delivering stroke services. Go to: . They are also in the process of starting a Community of Practice for clinicians and researchers using telehealth. It is envisaged this may be a site where clinicians can share other resources, post questions and discuss issues, engage in webinars etc.  Please consider joining up!
  4. Establishing and running an in-home telerehab service [Presentation - Youtube] [Handout - PDF] (Mardi George, TeleRehab Project Officer & Community OT Team Leader, Tasmanian Health Service). This highly practical account of the development of tele-rehabilitation services in Tasmania reports details of the implementation strategy, qualitative feedback from clinicians and patients, and some suggestions about sustainability. Mardi also provided a range of resources after her presentation. Please email us if you are interested in more information.  
  5. Virtual AH expert consultations via ipad [Presentation - Youtube] [Handout - PDF] (Ashan Weerakkody, Snr PT, Rehabilitation in the home -RITH). The Senior PT and OT (P3) at RITH in WA have been using virtual consultations to provide educational support to more junior staff during a clinical consultation for some time. They have recently transitioned to Health Direct VideoCall as the platform for this service.
  6. Virtual consultations to support people with long term neurological conditions [Presentation - Youtube] [Handout - PDF] (Kathy McCoy, Exec Director, Neurological Council of WA, and Kym Heine, Community Nurse Consultant NCWA). Likewise NCWA have been using virtual support models for some time. You may like to view a short interview with one of their clients, Rebecca Carbone, who outlines some of the benefits of this service.
  7. Use of digital technology to support clients with chronic cardiac conditions [Presentation - Youtube] [Handout - PDF] (Assoc Prof Andrew Maiorana, HOD, Exercise Physiology, Fiona Stanley Hospital). Andrew spoke about a pilot study in people with chronic heart failure to support adherence to weight monitoring regimes, and a novel international project to use a social media platform (We Chat) for education and coaching to increase engagement with recommended lifestyle changes to reduce risk after a cardiac event in a cohort in China.